Boys And Their Toys

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 252016

Yesterday was the hottest day we’ve seen yet here at Elkhart Campground this year. I’m not sure where the thermometer topped out at, but twice during the day power went out in the whole area for a minute or so. I think everybody in northern Indiana was running every air conditioner they had, at full blast, which overloads the system and causes the power levels to drop.

I sure was glad we have our Progressive Industries electrical management system (EMS) to protect us from low voltage, which is just as dangerous to an RV’s systems as high voltages. Seriously folks, if you don’t have an EMS, you’re playing with fire. We had one in our old MCI bus conversion, and it saved our butt several times. And when we got our Winnebago Ultimate Advantage diesel pusher, it was the first thing we added to it.

Progressive really stands behind their products, too. More than once the EMS has sacrificed itself to protect us from damage, which is what they are designed to do. Each time, Progressive has sent us the replacement board we needed to get up and running again. In fact, twice, once while we were in northern Michigan, and again when we were boondocking out in Quartzsite, Arizona, they actually sent a tech to us to get us up and running again.

It was way too hot to do anything outside, so I did what I’ve been doing, I stayed inside and wrote all day long. By the end of the day I had 7,650 more words done, and I’m over 25,000 words into the new book that I started on Wednesday.

The other day Miss Terry made several loaves of her delicious oat/flax/wheat bread. I guess Al Hesselbart could smell it all the way up at his old Newell motorhome, because sometime yeterday afternoon he showed up at our door with a hungry look on his face. Not only did Miss Terry send him home with a couple of loaves, she also invited him to stay for dinner, which was her outstanding pizza, which she makes from scratch, just like everything else. Al left here with a full tummy and a big smile on his face.

You know the old saying that the only difference between men and boys is the cost of their toys. But some boys have more toys than others. When this huge Haulmark truck conversion pulled in yesterday, towing a trailer almost as long as it is with a lift inside, I knew they had to have something fun in the back of that thing. And sure enough, they have two jet powered dragsters and a wheelie car that they take around the country and put on demonstrations at fairgrounds and racetracks. I guess they are only here for the one night, and the young man we were talking to said they had just left Wisconsin and were heading for the East Coast. With a rig like that, I could carry all kinds of toys with me! And Terry said she could carry a couple of huge looms!

Haulmark and trailer

Congratulations Bridget Wiemken, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of my friend Ken Rossignol’s Pirate Trials: Famous Murderous Pirates Book Series: THE LIVES AND ADVENTURES of FAMOUS and SUNDRY PIRATES. We had 57 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.

Thought For The Day – Life is too short to waste one precious minute of it thinking about people you don’t like.

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  3 Responses to “Boys And Their Toys”

  1. Not only did Al leave with a big smile and full tummy from “testing” both of the 2 different pizzas Terry made but he was gracious enough to help her out by taking a couple of leftover pieces to his fridge to save her space in hers. Thanks Terry. not only some wonderful toasting bread but pizza too.

  2. The way you describe the way Miss Terry bakes I can almost smell it here in Ontario.
    That rig probably gets around five miles to the gallon.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

  3. The rig is similar to ours and we get around 7.5. We don’t buy them for fuel economy….

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